Indie developer Zach Gage has a habit of reimagining games we love. He did it with Really Bad Chess (which, despite the title, is actually really good). He’s done it again with Flipflop Solitaire, which turns the traditional card game into a more thoughtful and strategic endeavor.
The goal is still to clear the board by stacking cards sequentially, but instead of going only in descending order from the King to two, you can go up and down. So eight, seven, six, seven, eight is totally valid.
Seems like winning should be no problem, right?
As you might expect, there’s a catch. Whenever you tap the deck for more cards, a new card gets added to the bottom of every stack you’ve so carefully ordered. Because you’re not allowed to move any cards above one that’s out of sequence, there is a fun tension. You need more cards to keep playing, but more cards can mess up the stacks.
With all these cards in play you might feel a bit overwhelmed, but Gage provides lots of help. Tap the question mark to view available moves. Or tap on a card and auto-move it to any suitable destination.
These features are increasingly welcome if you decide to play with more than one suit, which complicates things. In this game, groups of cards need to be sequentially ordered and share the same suit to be moved together.
You don’t have to play this way, but you should if you’re up for the challenge.